PERFORMANCE: Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust has failed to deliver the 90% referral to treatment target for the three months to March, according to the latest performance report from East Staffordshire CCG.

The trust continues to experience significant non-elective pressures and there have been a high number of patients cancelled on the day of their operation. This has impacted on the delivery of the 18 week target.

As a result, the trust have converted its treatment centre into an overnight elective facility, which opened on Monday 18 February, in a bid to try and reduce the backlog of patients currently waiting over 18 weeks and to support the delivery of the target going forward.

By January, the trust failed to achieve the RTT standard in general surgery, urology, trauma and orthopaedics, ear nose and throat, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, gastroenterology and gynaecology.

Only gastroenterology and ophthalmology were within a gap less than 2.5 per cent below the 90 per cent target. The rest exceeded the target by a larger margin.

While the trust has no patients waiting over 52 weeks, there are 49 patients across all specialties waiting longer than 26 weeks, the number of whom is growing on the previous month.